Heather and I were in St. Augustine, Florida for a weekend getaway.
St. Augustine is known for its fort and its ghosts.
We were staying in a B&B. The night of our arrival we went on a ghost tour.
The second or third stop on our tour looked familiar. All of a sudden it hit me.
“Isn’t that our B&B?” I asked Heather.
Turns out that our B&B was considered to be the second most haunted in St. Augustine.
Fortunately for us the ghost purported to haunt our B&B is a friendly and mildly mischievous one.
Apparently the ghost is a ladies man. Women staying at the B&B had reported feeling like they were getting shoulder massages.
Nothing like that happened to Heather during our stay, but I did hear some banging around in the night. It was an old hotel, so probably just the building settling. Probably.
Back to the ghost tour.
After discovering our B&B was the second most haunted, we went over to explore the famous fort.
We were walking with the group around back of the fort. The back wall had been lit by bright flood lights.
The tour guide was talking about how captured Spanish soldiers would be lined up and shot against this very wall.
The group moved on. For some reason I stayed behind.
The shadows of the people in the group that had went ahead of me, including Heather, were cast on the wall by the flood lights.
Why I stood watching their shadows I don’t know.
Amongst the shadows I noticed a tall, loping figure, which seemed to be dressed in a way that matched the description of a Spanish soldier.
Long hair. Big hat. Jacket. Frills around the shirt collar.
I froze. Breathless.
The shadow of a Spanish soldier was walking amongst the shadows of the people in the tour group.
I did a double, triple, quadruple take. From the group to the wall. Group, wall. Group, wall.
There was no one dressed like a Spanish soldier in the tour group.
Eventually Heather came walking back to me. Immediately she noticed the look on my face. I told her what had happened.
My wife knows me and knows that I don’t get surprised or shocked easily. This was a first. I told her what I saw, still incredulous.
Since that experience I can’t say that I absolutely don’t believe in ghosts.
Boo. Happy Halloween!
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